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If you’ve been to Second Use in the last six months, you’ve seen the crates and crates and shelves and shelves of Foundry Patterns we salvaged from the Acrowood Foundry in Everett last December. You may have even glimpsed our Employee Foundry Pattern Design Competition or the Customer Project Gallery Submissions featuring the patterns. But you probably haven’t seen them in a glossy Art Dealer’s Guide or a local gallery- yet.

But local artist Tyson Grumm is about to change that. His series “A Round & About” uses foundry patterns sourced at Second Use as frames for surreal acrylic paintings. He describes the process of creating round paintings to fit within the as very challenging- and as the work evolved, the foundry molds seemed to become a metaphor to define his vocation as a mid-career artist. Not unlike his life, his art seems to be coming full circle, he reflects.

Don’t miss your chance to view these fascinating pieces at the Patricia Rovzar Gallery on Second Avenue from June 2-25th. And if you’re lucky and see this the day it was published, you might have time to make it to the artist reception tonight, June 2nd from 6-8!

Enjoy!